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A Sluggish Month for the Caribbean Hotel Industry

 By the Caribbean Journal staff It was a sluggish month for the Caribbean’s hotel industry in October, according to the latest data from analytics firm STR. The region posted its largest year-over-year decline in occupancy of 2018, with a 9.2 …

How Much Money Does the Cruise Industry Contribute to the Caribbean Economy?

 Quantifying the impact of cruise tourism By the Caribbean Journal staff How much does cruise tourism impact the Caribbean economy? Something in the amount of $3.16 billion, according to Business Research and Economic Advisors, which launched its analysis of spending …

What’s Next for Palace Resorts in the Caribbean?

 A resort company grows By Guy Britton MONTEGO BAY — It’s been around for 30 years, but Palace Resorts did something momentous earlier this year: it opened its first Caribbean hotel outside of Mexico. Now, the company continues to expand …

LATEST NEWS

 Hopes for the sector By Dana NilandCJ Contributor Jamaica is developing a national policy framework in order to advance in the lucrative animation industry. State Minister for Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining, Julian Robinson, announced the plan at a recent …

 Annual gathering meets this weekend By Dana NilandCJ Contributor The Belize Tourism Board is set to hold its annual Tourism Industry Conference this weekend. Industry partners will gather to discuss tourism accomplishments in the past year, as well as strategies to …

 A call for a collective approach By Dana NilandCJ Contributor Caribbean tourism industry leaders must work together in order to ensure sustainable growth in the region, according to Choice Hotels International, Inc. executive Bill Clegg. Referencing data from Smith Travel …

 Above: the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore By Dana NilandCJ Contributor The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has set up a regional four-day workshop for participants to stimulate new ideas for tourism development strategies . The workshop, which will be held …

 Above: Tobago (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Tobago is looking to step up its competitiveness in the cruise ship market, according to Oscar Brathwaite, administrator of the island’s division of tourism and transportation. While the island’s location to …

 Above: the Puerto Rico Convention Center By Alexander Britell SAN JUAN — The Caribbean’s newest travel conference began with a simple idea. “We decided that the world should become an island,” says Ingrid Rivera Rocafort, executive of the director of …

 Above: a Carnival ship By the Caribbean Journal staff Carnival Corporation has ordered new ships for two of its cruise brands. The company announced this week that it had ordered a new 3,954-passenger vessel for Carnival Cruise Line, along with …

 Above: the Melia Cohiba hotel in Havana By Alexander Britell MIAMI —What will an open Cuba mean for the rest of the Caribbean tourism industry? For now, the Caribbean travel industry seems to be taking a wait-and-see approach. “Over the …

 Above: a Carnival ship By the Caribbean Journal staff Carnival Cruise Line has named Christine Duffy the company’s new president, Carnival Corporation announced this week. Duffy is currently the president and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association; she will assume …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff October was the strongest month for the Caribbean hotel sector in all of 2014, according to a new report from hotel analytics firm STR. The region’s hotel occupancy grew by 4.1 percent, the single-biggest improvement …

 Above: Tobago (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff The Caribbean needs to embrace digital marketing, according to Orville London, chief secretary in the Tobago House of Assembly. The Chief Secretary, who was addressing the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s 7th Tourism Human …

 Above: St Maarten By the Caribbean Journal staff The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association has officially begun its annual conference and trade show. This year’s conference, the 21st of its kind, is taking place in St Maarten, bringing together around 1000 tourism …

 By S Brian SamuelOp-Ed Contributor By now, most (but not all) Caribbean countries have submitted their first half 2014 tourism statistics to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). It makes for some interesting reading. Overall, the Caribbean recorded a weighted average …

 Above: CJ Travel Editor Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon stars in Onboard’s “Happy Video” By the Caribbean Journal staff MIAMI — The Caribbean cruise industry got into the “Happy” spirit this week, with help from attendees at the Cruise Shipping Miami conference. Caribbean …

 Above: the Melia Caribe Tropical in the Dominican Republic By the Caribbean Journal staff The Melia Caribe Tropical resort in the Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana region has named Florian Connert its new director of sales and marketing. In the new …